dif·​frac·​tom·​e·​ter | \ di-ˌfrak-ˈtä-mə-tər How to pronounce diffractometer (audio) \

Definition of diffractometer

: an instrument for analyzing the structure of a usually crystalline substance from the scattering pattern produced when a beam of radiation or particles (such as X-rays or neutrons) strikes it

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Other Words from diffractometer

diffractometric \ di-​ˌfrak-​tə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce diffractometer (audio) \ adjective
diffractometry \ di-​ˌfrak-​ˈtä-​mə-​trē How to pronounce diffractometer (audio) \ noun

Examples of diffractometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When Elizabeth Sooby, a nuclear materials physicist and assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, finally re-entered her lab after months away, the X-ray diffractometer was leaning ineffectually on its table. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "UT San Antonio has reopened its labs, but only for research," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of diffractometer

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diffractometer

diffract + -o- + -meter

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The first known use of diffractometer was in 1909

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“Diffractometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diffractometer. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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